Loretta Rose Bakas (1928 - 2016)

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Loretta Rose Bakas passed away peacefully in her sleep May 29, 2016.
Loretta was born Sep. 17, 1928, in DuBois, Pa., to William and Frances Yonushonis. She attended St. Joseph Church and school and graduated from DuBois High School in 1946. Upon graduation, she worked as a receptionist at WCED radio station.
On April 29, 1950, she married the man of her dreams, Alan; thus began her nomadic life of world adventures. Loretta supported her husband during his Air Force career being 'THE Officer's Wife' while raising the ever-growing family and dealing with multiple cross country moves.
Our Mother always made our military or civilian quarters loving homes and provided her six children with safe and happy childhoods. After Alan's retirement from the AF in Rio de Janeiro they resided in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., for a few years before moving to Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. They both enjoyed the D.R. but after 26 years health issues forced a move to Anthem, Ariz. Although Alan had multiple health issues, Mom was devastated by his sudden passing in November 2014 and relocated to Richland, Wash.
Mom was not one to ever complain, asking for very little, so appreciative of life and "so lucky to have no aches or pains." She had a sense of humor that stayed with her until the end "because better being funny then being a grouch." God has truly added a new angel to his Kingdom!
Loretta was preceeded in death by the love of her life, husband Alan, and son Bill.
She is survived by her children: Loretta "Lory" Allen (Stephen), Alaine Kelley-Gregory, Thomas Bakas (Eileen), Linda Martinez (Eddy), Lisa Vargas-Slavik (David); grandchildren: Rebecca and Daniel Allen, Brent and Ryan Kelley, Heather and Thomas Gregory, Jessica Bakas, Alan Martinez, Teresa, Katrina, and Sabrina Vargas and four great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at a later date at the National Veterans Cemetery of Arizona.
Published in The Courier Express on June 14, 2016